Reflections from the Back Seat Blog by Gretchen Miller Selfridge


In the interest of full transparency, this post highlights the Blog - Reflections from the Back Seat, the personal thoughts, poems, and photographs authored by a family member, my sister-in-law, Gretchen Miller Selfridge. Gretchen serves on the executive board for the organization, Global Strategies for HIV Prevention.  In this role she has traveled extensively in Africa (Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Central African Republic to name just a few).  The posts in her blog are not clinical descriptions of "what I did today" but rather sharing of the thoughts that ran through her mind as she went about her days - meeting with hospital and clinic staffs serving those in poverty.  I am both intrigued and moved by her "muses and rambles from far away".  One of my favorites so far is her poem, Are Questions to be Answered?    Please click over and give it a read, you will not be disappointed!

TOMS Shoes - A purchase with a 2 for 1 benefit for charity

I wrote a blog post about the TOMS Shoes brand this morning on my professional blog, BrandCosmology.com, highlighting it's "Brand as a Movement" stature.  In researching that post, I came across an opportunity to support two different charitable causes with a single purchase -- TOMS Water Earthwise Men's Classic Shoes.  Not only will TOMS contribute a new pair of shoes to a child in need but they will also fund the construction of three new clean water wells in Ethiopia.  So consider adding a snappy pair of TOMS to your closet and feel twice as good about your purchase.

Plainfield Marching Band - Friday Night Light

via newsblogs.chicagotribune.com

One of my friends, Alex Garcia, is an award winning photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune.  He has an amazing eye for life and his images are consistently beautiful.  His work is featured on a blog called "Assignment Chicago".  On Tuesdays he offers a series of posts called "Tuesday Photo TIps" that can help bring out the award winning photographer in all of us.  Click on over and enjoy!